Guided tour

Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

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90 reviews

Activity provider: Essor
Guided tour

Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

Activity provider: Essor
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From US$ 95.84 per person

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Take a 3-hour tour of Bologna for a combination of flavorful ingredients, local produce, old-world knowledge and a centuries-old passion for food in the country's culinary capital.

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Duration 3 hours
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Limited to 10 participants


  • Visit one of the most beautiful squares in town, Piazza S. Stefano
  • Head to a bottega to select some local cheeses and a charcuterie samples
  • Stop in Bologna's oldest tavern to enjoy a repast with a glass of the best local wine
  • Stroll through Bologna's main square to end your tour with an artisanal gelato
  • Choose between a shared or private experience
Full description

Head to the Quadrilatero area, the vibrant heart of Bologna, to start your 3-hour food tour. Step off the beaten paths, discover unexpected sights and hear amazing stories about the origins and traditions of the city. First, make your way to a small trattoria to sample traditional Ragù alla Bolognese (Bolognese sauce). Sample and learn why a five-year-old Parmigiano Reggiano is so special, and sip 12 to 24-year-old balsamic vinegars from Modena.

Enjoy a carefully selected charcuterie sampler from Emilia-Romagna and see how homemade, fresh pasta is created by Bologna's very own sfogline (pasta-makers). Upgrade your experience to indulge in an ammazzacaffé, a coffee-liqueur beverage.

As you end your savory stroll through the city, enjoy the best artisanal gelato in town. Your entire Italian-gastro experience is infused in the heart of this medieval town at some of the best secret spots where locals eat, off the tourist paths.

  • 3-hour guided food tour
  • 6 stops
  • Experienced English-speaking local guide
  • Croissants
  • Parmigiano and squacquerone cheese
  • 2 traditional types of homemade pasta
  • At least 3 traditional cold cuts
  • Bread
  • Modena Balsamic Vinegar
  • Artisanal gelato
  • 1 secret dish
  • Coffee or cappuccino
  • A selection of local wines (red and white)
  • Ammazzacaffé (depending on option selected)
  • Water
  • Transportation
  • Pick-up and drop off services

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Meeting point

Meet between the 2 towers in front of the San Petronio statue.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Please specify any dietary restrictions during booking
  • children under the age of 2 years are welcome to join the tour without a ticket, but their presence must be notified upon booking of the tour at
  • You are strongly advised against bringing strollers/pushchairs on the tour
  • Most of the shops and restaurants included in the tour are small local businesses; they will be at their full capacity by the time you reach them and will not be able to accommodate strollers/pushchairs. If you have any doubt or concern regarding this matter, please contact the tour operator promptly. They will be happy to find a solution that will allow you to fully enjoy our tour
  • Pork meat is at the core of Bologna’s traditional food. Please let the tour operator know if you have any dietary needs
  • The legal drinking age in Italy is 18 years-old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 90 reviews

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Awesome tour that simultaneously covers the food (duh), the drinks, bits of history, and local customs! More than worth it's value, you leave super full and with lots of extra bits of trivia. Our guide Caterina was fantastic and super helpful, it was such a pleasure to listen to her and visit all the little stores and restaurants with her! Definitely recommend!

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March 28, 2023

This was the most outstanding experience I’ve done in Italy so far!! Gabriele took us on an amazing food tour around Bologna and spoke to us in such an informative way about each dish we tasted. Some delicious things we had were 1 stuffed pasta, one pasta with ragu, balsamic, wines, dessert, and so much more. I cannot express how amazing this experience was and how wonderful the guide himself is! Book this tour if you want to explore a great city, and eat amazing food

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March 28, 2023

The experience was lovely! We got to try lots of food and left full. Only thing is we picked the 10:30 time and we didn’t eat anything till roughly 11:30 and were starving by the time we did eat. I would just recommend you get something small to eat before the tour or know you’ll be walking around hungry

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 173310